Keller Ferry

The Keller Ferry vessel, Martha S., was taken out of service for repairs on June 14th. The contractor replaced several sections of hull steel and the engine room access hatches on the car deck. The work was completed on schedule and the boat returned to service as planned on July 16th. Our contractor, Dakota Creek Industries, did an excellent job on the repairs. We also would like to thank the staff of the Washington State Ferries Division for providing the project oversight expertise.

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US 195 Corridor Safety project

In southeast Spokane, the US 195 corridor from Hatch Road to Interstate 90 has been selected as a “Safety Corridor.”

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol, designated this safety corridor at the request of Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and others in the local community. The goal of a safety corridor is to reduce fatal and disabling collisions on roadways with significant safety needs. A task force made up of community groups, businesses, local, state and federal organizations and emergency services organizations provides leadership in identifying and solving problems along the safety corridor. That group will begin meeting in August to get the project started.

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North Spokane Corridor Update

Francis Avenue to Farwell Road-Southbound Lanes— On July 22nd the WSDOT opened contractor bids for constructing the southbound lanes for this 3.5-mile segment of the North Spokane Corridor. Graham Construction of Spokane was awarded the job on July 28th. These three new lanes parallel the northbound side which is currently carrying both northbound and southbound traffic in a temporary, one lane in each direction, configuration. Work should begin shortly with completion slated for early 2012. This project was funded through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program that is a portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

US 2 Lowering and Bridges – We have lowered the grade of US 2 to pass under the North Spokane Corridor main line and are now driving on the new lowered alignment while we finish up the northbound lanes. We are building 6 bridges for the main freeway lanes and connecting on and off ramps for US 2. The project includes a 32 foot arch structure for US 2 at Deadman Creek to provide improved wildlife passage under the highway. This work should be complete in late 2011.

US 2 to Wandermere – Currently under construction are the twin bridges that connect the North Spokane Corridor to existing US 395 and the completed four-lane, divided highway from the US 2 Interchange to US 395 at Wandermere. We expect to begin setting the girders on these structures in early August. This job is slated for completion in late 2011.

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Recently completed pavement preservation projects

US 195/Idaho border to Colton—WSDOT just finished an asphalt paving job on an eight-mile section in Whitman County. This job also included a full rebuild of the main street within the City of Uniontown.

US 195/Hatch Road to I-90-Northbound Lanes Dowel Bar Retrofit—Steel “dowel bars” were placed in the joints between the concrete panels to prevent further shifting. Following that work, the roadway surface was smoothed with diamond grinding in this four-mile section in southeast Spokane. Roadwork on the job was wrapped up in mid-June.

These two projects were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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